Rooshey Hasnain

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    College: Applied Health Sciences Department: Disability and Human Development
    Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
    Office: 548 Phone: 312-413-0416
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Disability Studies
    Asian Mental Health
    Community Engagement
    Stigma Reduction
    Immigrant and Refugee Initiatives
    Rehabilitation Sciences
    Cross-Cultural Disability Issues
    Cultural and Linguistic Competency
    Disability Inclusion
    Quality of Life
    Family Studies
    Social Justice/Human Rights

    Short Bio
    My primary professional interest is in understanding the lives, challenges, and strengths of people with disabilities and mental health conditions, especially those from refugee and immigrant backgrounds. I work on finding ways to reduce cultural stigma associated with disability and mental health issues, and ways to promote a human rights perspective on behalf of underserved individuals, their families, and their communities.

    I am the Principal Investigator of Partners of Refugees in Illinois Disability Employment (PRIDE) Project which aims to support Illinois-based job-seeking refugees with disabilities in accessing employment and career opportunities.
    The project endeavors to build capacity of service providers to support refugees with disabilities in finding employment, train and support refugees with disabilities in pursuing competitive, integrated employment and self-employment, develop and use a web-based tool to connect disabled refugees with VR providers and potential employers, and share work related success stories of refugees.

    PRIDE will train at least 50 job-seeking refugees with disabilities through various one-to-one personalized and group training workshops. It will forge new connections among service providers, employers, and the vocational rehabilitation (VR) system.

    Before applying, please read about the PRIDE project from

    Outside of PRIDE, I am also involved in a variety of other projects as well that focus on cross cultural issues and stigma pertaining to disability and mental health in partnership with multicultural groups.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    The student should be committed, hard-working, showing willingness to learn, and interested in Disability, Rights and Advocacy and Social Justice. Having a valid driving license and owning a car with auto insurance is preferable. You'll need to have a GPA of at least 3.0 in your last year or so, and it is helpful if the student has experience working in the community.

    3rd or 4th year honors college student preference
    open-ended major

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The student will support the investigators in communicating with partner agencies, in data collection and data management efforts, and facilitating meetings. The student will also provide help in project training and dissemination activities, including scheduling trainings, answering phones; following up with participants and partner agencies, entering data, supporting project mailing and outreach, and producing written reports and other outputs..

    Assisting with a wide range of program development, curriculum, advocacy, outreach and partnership development, and research activities.

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